At PI we evaluate personality traits in terms of university’s culture and programme requirements, says Prof Arun Kumar Paul, XIMB
Urvashi Dalal, 17 Mar 2016, #XIMB
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With the onset of the selection process at the top B-schools, the MBA aspirants who have crossed the first stage are curious to know what the admission panel on the other side of the table expects from them.

In this interview with Careers360, Prof. Arun Kumar Paul, Associate Professor, Operations Management, Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB) provides insights about the admission criteria for selecting students for the flagship MBA programme.


Prof. Arun shares that conducting WAT, as a part of the admission process gives certain inputs for the personal interview rounds. He further mentions that at PI rounds, the panel looks for personality traits that make the candidate fit for the university culture and management programme.


Read excerpts from the interview below:


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Careers360: What are the application criteria of XIMB?

Prof. Paul: We have become a University – Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB). The Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB) now is an autonomous School of XUB. As for the application process, the scores of CAT, XAT, GMAT and our own on-line test X-GMAT are accepted. Though the cut-offs tend to vary from year to year, anybody with a percentile of 91 and above has a fair chance to get into the next stage of the selection process.

Careers360: What is the total intake of the flagship PG programme in Management at your institute?

Prof. Paul: Upon becoming University, Master’s degree is being awarded in the flagship business management program. The total intake for this two-year full-time residential program is 360 per year. The total academic fee (excluding hostel and other charges) is Rs. 14 lakh, payable in two installments.


Careers360: What is your selection criterion for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016-18?

Prof. Paul: The selection criteria is quite broad-based which includes test percentile, academic performance, domain knowledge, general awareness, oral communication skill, relevant work experience and writing ability test score. The weight-ages of the above criteria typically are between 10 to 15%. Recently we have introduced a gender diversity factor with a weight-age of 3%.


One unique aspect of our own admission test X-GMAT is there is a specific section which tests the Emotional Quotient (EQ) of the candidates.

Careers360: Many of the top B-schools have replaced GD with WAT. What is your take on this?

Prof. Paul: Earlier there used to be GD-WAT-PI, but since last year GD has been eliminated. It was felt that GD was increasingly becoming artificial, so it was removed and more time was given for WAT and PI. The way our WAT is conducted, it judges the candidates for their quick and clear thinking and the reproducing the same in writing in correct and concise English. The WAT is conducted and evaluated before the PI and also becomes input for the PI. Abilities for quick and logical thinking and for clear and correct articulation are very important for budding managers.


Careers360: What are the factors that influence students’ selection at the Personal Interview (PI) stage? What are the core qualities that your admission panel looks for in a candidate?

Prof. Paul: PI is very important in terms of face-to-face interaction with the Interview panel members. So the appearance, dressing sense, body language play an important role. PI provides the candidate the opportunity to intelligently tell the panel members about himself– something that can only be done in face-to-face engagement. The qualities that are looked for are ability to think and communicate (both verbally and non-verbally), to handle stressful situations, relevant domain knowledge, personality traits in terms of strengths and weaknesses and the fit to the University’s culture and to the program requirement.


Careers360: What makes your campus life or residential programme interesting and distinctive from others?

Prof. Paul: The most important aspect of our campus life is the inculcation of superior value system – the hallmark of the Jesuit Institution. Integrity, honesty, empathy, respect for others, dedication to quality, passion for innovation and sensitivity towards environmental and social issues  are some of the core values that are emphasized and instilled into the future business leaders.


The campus life is unique in many ways. The entire Wi-Fi enabled campus houses the faculty residences, office complex, well-stocked library with physical and digital knowledge sources and computer center complex, air conditioned class-room complex, auditorium complex, residences for gents, ladies, and executive program participants, Management Development Centre (MDC) and Studio Apartments. In addition, there are the floodlit basketball court, two floodlit tennis courts, indoor badminton court, gymnasium, and playgrounds for cricket and soccer.


There are over a dozen student-managed committees which function under the Students’ Executive Council. Students get an excellent opportunity to hone their soft skills and extend their learning experience beyond the class-room.


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what is minimum 10th and 12th % required ???

Yash Dev Student Expert 7th Oct, 2019
Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar is a business school located in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Odisha.It is one of the top management institutes in the country. It is governed by the Government of India, the Government of Odisha, and the Society of Jesus.
Eligibility criteria is neither 10 or 12th only you need a 3year graduation degree or equivalent in in any discipline (engineering mbbs or any graduate course)

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Good luck

what is expected cutoff of cat and xat ?

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 7th Oct, 2019


Cutoff is the minimum percentile a  candidate must obtain in order to qualify for the next round of selection process.

Cutoff depends on various factors such as:

  • Difficulty level of the exam
  • Total number of candidates appearing for the exam
  • Total number of seats, etc.

Also, the cutoff varies from college to college. So, it would be difficult to predict the exact cutoff. However, you can go through the link below and check the previous year CAT and XAT cutoff for reference-

Good Luck!


Which is best Narsee monjee institute of management studies or XIMB bubhaneswar for mba and bba

Shareef 6th Oct, 2019
Both the college's are best in there own ways.
NM college is best in faculty and XIMB college is best in providing facilities.
Here i will clear you in Both the ways of facilities and faculty.
NM college has rating of 4 in faculty
XIMB college has rating of 5 in faculty
NM has boys hostel,girls hostel, WiFi, medical, transport, cafeteria facilities where XIMB has none of this.
Auditorium,sports complex, library,IT infrastructure are the common facilities both in NM college and XIMB.
Coming to placements,
NM has a very good amount of placements and provides high package of income.
XIMB even have good placements but package are less when compared.
Apart from this both the college's are best and provides good education for students.
Now it's upon you that what are you interested in.
Note: apart a single star rating in education from NM(narsee monjee) it has more facilities then XIMB college.

Which is best Narsee monjee institute of management studies or christ University bangalore or Nirma University or XIMB bubhaneswar for mba and bba

VIPIN KUMAR 17th Oct, 2019
Dear Candidate ,
I would even everyone out here will prefer NIMIS Mumbai . But there is difference between these college I can make you understand.
First of all in NIMIS campus they having approx 500 students every year in MBA so at the time of placement it's quite compitive .
But in Christ there is limited students approx 200 so it would be good fit as well fees us very less and in NIMIS FEEA IS ALSO VERY HIGH .
That my suggestion I have explained you the details about both tha college .
Good luck

Which is best XIMB bubhaneswar or christ University bangalore for mba and bba

Apoorva Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

Hello dear student,

As you ask for the best option among these two options. So dear student XIMB Bhubaneswar is the best you can ask in management field as it has a specialisation as it's name says . It is specialised for MBA and BBA management courses while Christ University is a whole University which comprises of many courses under it. so I would recommend you to go for XI MB Bhubaneswar as it also offers good amount of placement to the students. I hope this helpful to you.

Best wishes

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